Thursday

In The Process



I hate going too long without a blog post, I feel as if I’m failing you! Some bloggers post something every day.  I wish I had the time, let alone the product to do that for you, but I don’t. With 2 businesses, and 5 kids (plus many extra kids they bring home) my life is crazy.  But I didn’t want you to think I wasn’t thinking of you.  Here are just a couple of pieces I’m working on in my little, overcrowded studio.
This round table is almost finished. It's going to be one of my favorite pieces! It has an Asian flair, with bright oranges, pinks, reds & greens (black & white of course). Sounds crazy I know but they actually work, you'll love it, I promise! Oh, yeah bought it at the Thrifty store for $3.00!
We actually bought this at a garage sale for $5 dollars! Total score! I'm debating about replacing the glass or doing something funky with chicken wire? What do you think?
This was given to us by a friend who was moving. Needed a lot of TLC, but had great potential. We had to gut out the inside and put in new shelving.

Well, as you can see I'm pretty busy! Not to mention our Etsy store is blooming with smaller orders and the Plow Shares Craft Show is looming in the distance! Agggghhhhh!!!! Dec 4 &5! So thanks for hanging around while I get things finished! Kisses & Hugs!

Wednesday

From Dresser Drawer to Fancy Storage

I LOVE DRAWERS! Any drawer, any size! They’re so versatile and there are so many really cool things that you can use them for.
There are many times I pass an old desk, or dresser on the side of the road that is beyond my tender loving care, but the drawers are salvageable. I pluck each one, no matter what size, and stack ‘um in the shed.

Like I’ve showed you before, the larger ones I use as pet beds http://thedecorativepaintbrush.blogspot.com/2010/07/drawer-full-of-possibilities.html or for bigger storage (pet toys, blankets and magazines) but the smaller ones are created into a variety of storage containers. You can use them for…





• Remote controls
• Incoming/Outgoing Mail
• Jewelry
• Keys & pocket junk
• Potpourri & pinecones
• Decorative Soaps
• Collectables
• Desk/Office Supplies
• Cotton Balls/Q-tips
• Rolled up hand towels
• Makeup/Nail polish
• Recipes
• Fruit/Veggies
• Picnic Items
• Napkin Holder
• Homework supplies
• Small toys (Barbie/Brat shoes & accessories)
• Loose game pieces (or make your own game using dice or cards)
• Create an art center (crayons, glue sticks, scissors etc…)

The list is endless! I get old discarded wallpaper books from the paint store we do business at. These are great for lining the insides of the drawers. You can even decoupage the insides with decorative paper, use shelf lining paper or even tiles. We even did one in corks & bottle caps and used them as serving trays.

So let your imagination run wild! And the next time you pass that old dresser that seems to be unsalvageable, take a look at the drawers. They may have been protected from the elements and are in great shape!



Sunday

A Halloween Treat

When you live in Central New York one of the things that you love, (and hate at the same time) is the changing seasons, every one of them distinct, every one of them with their own personality. My favorite is fall, more specifically, October! There is just something about October that gets my senses racing. Whether it’s the crisp weather, I hate the heat, or the fact that my fall/winter wardrobe looks so much better, or even perhaps the changing leaves, whatever it is, it just seems best in October. There’s apple picking, pumpkin picking, baking, festivals, fall crafts, the kids are finally back in school on a routine, the holidays are right around the corner…sigh! I just love October! 

So when a customer asked me if I could do a fall/Halloween type table for her home, I was thrilled! I’d really never done anything like that before. Sure, I’d used “fall” colors but never really a Halloween theme.

If you’ve been following me for awhile you know that this is one of my “favoritest” tables to use.

• It’s so versatile. It goes with any d├ęcor, in any space. I’ve decorated them in college themes, bedroom schemes, art deco designs and so much more.

• It’s very easy to assemble and unassembled.

• It comes with its own packaging too, which is great for shipping purposes (If you have ever tried to ship furniture you know how awesome this really is).

• I buy the table from an unfinished wood furniture shop right around the corner from where I live, so it’s convenient. (Like I’ve said before, I love to reuse and restyle furniture, but every once in awhile I break down and have to buy a piece, but the good news is even though they are all the same style of furniture ever design is totally unique)

How I achieved this look!

I used a color fade for the background, which is sort of hard to do in acrylic paint. When I first started painting years ago it was in watercolors. A fade is so easy to achieve in that medium because the paint is really wet and the colors blend easy. In acrylics, not so much, so I’ve learned an easy way to do it. It’s a gradual fade. I use a bunch of similar colors, for example; Ruby Lips (red), Fireball Orange (red orange), Tangerine (orange) and finally Mac and Cheese (yellow orange). I do each color in a 1-2 inch strip, then quickly run a dry Chinese brush (soft & fuller bristles)over the areas where the colors intersect, smoothing the transitions between the lines. This is the technique I used in the background on this piece. Then once that was set I drew out the moon and black silhouettes. She wanted to keep the “cutesiness” to a minimum, so I had to resist the urge to go all girly on it and stick to simply designs. So I didn’t add polka dots or roses, just some spooky eyeballs to the legs keeping with the Halloween theme. I painted the top boarder gray, made different sized rocks all the way around, and then with a small sea sponge, sponged some paint (green and black mixed together) around various areas creating a mossy look. Took a bat wood piece, painted it black and attached the embellishment to the back for added interest.

I’m really pleased with the end result. I hope she will like the way it turned out.